I’m an ecologist with a passion to unravel the effect of our changing climate on ecosystem properties, biosphere-atmosphere interactions and vegetation health. For my predominantly experimental research projects, I utilize observations from micro-meteorological stations and from terrestrial and airborne remote sensing, and complement these with a suite of ground-based sensor networks, such as terrestrial LiDAR scanners, sap flow sensors, dendrometers and repeated vegetation inventories. I have worked across a large range of ecosystems, from urban grasslands to prairies, and from deciduous to evergreen broadleaf forests, which fuels my drive to find commonalities among these contrasting ecosystems through synthesis studies.
I was introduced to flux research during an internship at the USGS while doing my Masters in Physical Geography at the University of Bonn, Germany. I then moved to Australia to complete my dissertation on ‘New approaches to investigate growth dynamics in forests’ at the University of Melbourne and just finished my first postdoc in biosphere-atmosphere flux ecology at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University. I am now a postdoctoral research fellow in RPAS-based remote sensing, where I’m using the newest LiDAR and hyperspec drones to complement my ongoing research projects at the TERN SuperSite and in the critically endangered Cumberland Plain woodlands.